13 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

13 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands tour itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Ullapool
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Gairloch
— 1 night
Drive
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Glencoe
— 3 nights
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Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visit Urquhart Castle and Culloden Battlefield for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Northern Meeting Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip itinerary planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Inverness is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, expect Inverness to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Durness Beach and Handa Island Wildlife Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Wrath and Balnakeil Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Castle Varrich (in Tongue) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay and make a trip to Cairn House Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Durness day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Durness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Ullapool

— 2 nights
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve and then explore the stunning scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stop by Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch, then kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, and then step into the grandiose world of Ardvreck Castle.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ullapool vacation planner.

You can drive from Durness to Ullapool in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ullapool are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Gairloch

— 1 night
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Inverewe Garden and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gairloch online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Gairloch takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Gairloch

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Glencoe

— 3 nights
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then hit the slopes at Glencoe Mountain, and then hike along West Highland Way. On the next day, trek along Lost Valley Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe Lochan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glencoe holiday planner.

You can drive from Gairloch to Glencoe in 3.5 hours. In June in Glencoe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.